Cathy Dahlquist 31st LD
"We have common goals for all the students in Washington State. They deserve a public education system of uncompromising quality. Families deserve choices for their students. We worked together to gain some ground in making sure we have the best teachers in front of our students. Together, I believe we can achieve great results for all our students."
Cathy is a wife and mother of three. Her oldest, Jennifer, lives in Seattle with her husband and our wonderful granddaughter. Her son, Jeffery, is 17 and a junior at Enumclaw High School where he runs cross-country, track and is a member of the video production club. He has set his goals on attending one of our military academies with an interest in cyber security. Another daughter, Hannah is 16 and a sophomore at Enumclaw High School and loves horseback riding. Hannah plays premiere soccer for the Mount Rainier Futbol Club and dreams of playing for WSU.
She and her husband are small business owners. The dramatic change in the economy has impacted construction, so our small architectural firm has been directly affected. We work on both residential and commercial projects that have allowed us to develop lifelong relationships.
She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Alabama, Roll Tide! After being appointed to the Technology, Energy and Communications Committee, she chose to return to school to work on a Masters degree. In June of this year she will earn an executive Masters degree in Energy from the University of Idaho.
She co-sponsored the Fund Education First proposal, because our state constitution is clear: Education is the “paramount duty” of the state. The state Supreme Court decision in McCleary vs. State of Washington in January reaffirmed what many of us already knew to be the case – K-12 basic education is not being amply provided for in the state budget. The solution to this is to Fund Education First.